The Little Men of Little League Baseball

HotsaucerobCorrespondent IMay 17, 2009

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, PA - AUGUST 26:  Jace Fry #20 of the Northwest team from Oregon delivers a pitch against the Southeast team from Georgia during the United States championship game in the Little League World Series on August 26, 2006 at Lamade Stadium in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania.   (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Yesterday, I was at a Little League baseball game. I watched my two nephews play. I enjoyed it immensely! They played the game, like it is supposed to be played, for fun, and because they love playing baseball!

It was fun for me too, just watching all the ball players emulate their heroes was a blast. They had their pictures taken yesterday, one team photo, and two action photo's per player.

While they had their action photo taken, they would copy their favorite player from the big leagues.

When it was time to play, all of the boys played with the unparalleled passion that you do not see from pro ball players today.

They stole bases, advanced runners into scoring position, and even bunted their teammates into scoring position, an art that seems to me, the ''PROS'' don't do with the same drive to succeed that I witnessed from the little men on the field.

They even made sure that their uniforms were on the right way, down to their stirrups. With their batting, and fielding gloves, they looked and acted like their big league counterparts.

While the game was played, the weather changed. As thunderstorms approached, all the adults, (including me) started to get worried. But those little men did not even seem to care! All they wanted to do was to complete the game.

And they did not lose any of their intensity, or their will to win. The game ended before the storms hit. My team lost. And while my nephew's team is currently at 0-7, they all promised to win this Thursday night's game.

That in itself made me appreciate that all those little men, for not one of those little men whined about their misfortune, but they all talked about what they needed to do better as a team, to start winning ball games.

I hope they will win a ball game, so they can have that thrill of victory, and that certain look in their eyes like they just won a championship! They all deserve to win, as well as all the other teams do.

I cannot, and will not put a price tag on the entertainment that Little League baseball provides for me! That because to me, it is priceless.

For the amount of money spent ($5 each to my two nephews) It was better than the overpriced big league experience, and I will continue to go to all those little league games as long as I can.

Good luck to all the little men who play baseball, all over the world!